6 On Your Side Answers: What is the deadline to sign up for Obamacare?

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POWELL (WATE) – A new survey about the Affordable Care Act shows more than half of Americans are still confused about the deadline to sign up for health insurance.

Virginia in Powell asks: “What’s the latest date we have to sign up for health insurance?”

Two weeks ago, 6 On Your Side reported that Patty Stinnett had to change doctors and hospital after her husband Vernon had signed her up for the Affordable Health Care Act in the middle of December.

Neither patty nor her husband had been told she would have to switch doctors. It was a surprise.

The act has created a lot of confusion among Americans.

A survey just released this week shows that 55 percent do not know that the deadline to sign up for Obamacare is March 31.

In the survey by Bankrate.com, one in four incorrectly think the deadline already passed on January 1.

Eleven percent wrongly think they have until December 31 of this year to sign up, which is a full nine months after the March 31, 2014 deadline.

The most confused about the cutoff date are 18- to 29-year-olds, a critical group for the success of the Affordable Care Act.

“The Affordable Care Act in general, the only way it is going to work is if young adults get enrolled. That will keep the premiums low to help off-set the older generation that is going to be enrolled and their health care costs,” said Erin Hill from Knoxville Area Project Access.

“From the standpoint of wanting to help the uninsured, it is a big deal to get these young adults enrolled because unexpected accidents, illnesses can come up and medical debt can compromise your livelihood. So it is kind of a two-fold issue of getting these young adults enrolled,” she continued.

About 80 percent of those signed up under the Affordable Care Act have received a subsidy.

You can see Don Dare’s 6 On Your Side Answers every Tuesday and Thursday on 6 News at 4:00.

If you have a question you can send Don an email at ddare@wate.com or call his 6 On Your Side hotline at (865) 633-5974.

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